Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: War and National Security

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Is it morally acceptable to use surveillance and profiling to protect national security? Should war only be used in self-defense? Is torture in times of war morally acceptable? Contributors include scholar Noam Chomsky, Lt. Col. Seth Milstein, and political philosopher Michael Walzer. Each volume in this series presents hypothetical cases on specific topics, followed by traditional and contemporary sources. Supplementing these are brief essays, written by contributors of various ages, backgrounds, and viewpoints to provoke lively thought and discussion. These voices from Jewish tradition and today’s Jewish community present us with new questions and perspectives, encouraging us to consider our own moral choices in a new light.

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Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices War and National Security How do terrorist attacks alter the playing field of war and define the measures needed to protect citizens? Have the justifications for war changed with the threat of nuclear weapons? Is torture acceptable? What are the moral implications of using stealth bombers, drones, and long-range missiles, which make it easier to kill people at a distance? In the fifth volume of the acclaimed Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series, Jews of various ages and backgrounds explore the ethical complexities of war and debate the rationales for war, acceptable wartime conduct, and how to the protect both the rights and safety of citizens. Explore how we as individuals can make our voices heard on matters of life and death as we strive toward peace and security. Listen as rabbis, scholars, and political activists weigh in on how Judaism influences their own choices. Contributors include scholar Noam Chomsky, Lieutenant Colonel Seth Milstein, and political philosopher Michael Walzer. "... an effective resource for finding a moral center in a post-911 world."

--Edwin Goldberg, author, Swords and Plowshares: Jewish Views of War and Peace Elliot N. Dorff is the author of several books, including To Do the Right and the Good, Love Your Neighbor and Yourself, and Matters of Life and Death. He is the chair of the Committee of Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly and is currently rector and Sol and Anne Dorff Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the American Jewish University of Los Angeles. Danya Ruttenberg is the author of Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion and editor of The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism and Yentl's Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism. She is a contributing editor to Lilith magazine and the academic journal Women and Judaism, and is on the editorial board of the journal Sh'ma and Jewschool.com. Ruttenberg serves as senior Jewish educator at Tufts University. Other titles in the series include: Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: Body Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: Money Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: Power Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: Sex and Intimacy Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: Social Justice

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Danya Ruttenberg, Rabbi (Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University), is the author of Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion (Beacon Press, 2008), and editor of The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism (NYU Press, 2009) and Yentl's Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism (Seal Press, 2001). She is also a contributing editor to Lilith and to the academic journal Women and Judaism, is on the editorial board of (and blogs at) Jewschool.com, and has been published in many books and periodicals over the years. Rabbi Ruttenberg, who lives in the Boston area with her husband and son, serves as the Senior Jewish Educator at Tufts University and teaches and lectures nationwide.

Elliot N. Dorff, Rabbi (Jewish Theological Seminary), PhD (Columbia University), is rector and Sol and Anne Dorff Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism) in Los Angeles. Among the twelve books he has written are four award-winning books on Jewish ethics and law published by The Jewish Publication Society: Matters of Life and Death (1998) on Jewish medical ethics; To Do the Right and the Good (2002) on Jewish social ethics; Love Your Neighbor and Yourself on Jewish personal ethics; and For the Love of God and People: A Philosophy of Jewish Law (2007). He has also edited 10 books, including Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality (Oxford, 1995) and Contemporary Jewish Theology (Oxford, 1999), co-edited by Louis Newman, who also co-edited with Dorff the first three volumes of the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series. Since 1984, Rabbi Dorff has served on the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, and has served as its Chair since 2007. He has also served on several federal advisory commissions dealing with the ethics of health care, sexual responsibility, and research on human subjects. He is a member of the State of California's Ethics Committee on embryonic stem cell research. He is married to Marlynn, and they have four children and seven grandchildren.

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